2014年8月31日星期日

Robin flying high ahead of species including red kite and hen harrier in poll to find Britain's national bird



  • Online poll asks public to choose their favourite bird from 60 candidates

  • The robin is top of the shortlist, followed by the barn owl and kingfisher

  • Surprise inclusions include predators the red kite and hen harrier

  • More than 20,000 votes have been cast so far with poll closing in October


By Daily Mail Reporter



The robin has taken an early lead in a poll to find Britain’s national bird, but is facing competition from some more surprising species.


Two predators pushed to the brink of extinction – the hen harrier and the red kite – are both in the top ten after two weeks of voting in the Vote National Bird poll.


Run by David Lindo, a broadcaster known as the Urban Birder, it asks the public to choose their favourite bird from 60 candidates that range from mute swans to wrens.


Flying high: The online poll asks the public to choose their favourite bird from 60 candidates that range from mute swans to wrens - the Robin, pictured, is topping the list so far

Flying high: The online poll asks the public to choose their favourite bird from 60 candidates that range from mute swans to wrens - the Robin, pictured, is topping the list so far




Barn owl is currently in second place


Kingfisher is in third place


In the running: Unlike most countries, Britain has no official national bird. With more than 20,000 votes cast at votenationalbird.com, the barn owl, left, is in second place and the kingfisher, right, is in third



Surprise inclusion: Mr Lido said that he was most surprised to see the hen harrier, pictured, making the top 10. He attributed the rare bird of prey's appearance in the list to the recent efforts to raise awareness of its plight

Surprise inclusion: Mr Lido said that he was most surprised to see the hen harrier, pictured, making the top 10. He attributed the rare bird of prey's appearance in the list to the recent efforts to raise awareness of its plight



With more than 20,000 votes cast at votenationalbird.com, the robin has its beak in front, followed by the barn owl and the kingfisher.


Unlike most countries, Britain has no official national bird. A previous poll in 1966 saw the Robin voted the nation favourite.


Mr Lindo said it was no surprise that the robin was the favourite at this stage. He said: ‘People feel the robin is a friendly bird which greets them whenever they go into the garden.’



FINDING THE NATION'S FAVOURITE BIRD: THE TOP 10 SO FAR




  1. Robin

  2. Barn owl

  3. Kingfisher

  4. Wren

  5. Blue tit

  6. Mute swan

  7. Puffin

  8. Hen harrier

  9. Blackbird

  10. Red kite




Other garden favourites the blue tit and blackbird have also made the cut. While the inclusion of the species such as the puffin ensures there is plenty of variety in the shortlist.


Mr Lido said the biggest surprise in the top 10 so far was the hen harrier. He attributed the rare bird of prey’s appearance in the list to the recent efforts to raise awareness of its plight.


He said: 'It’s picked up a lot of fans trying to make a big noise about it. It’s good it’s coming into the top 10, it’s a good opportunity to show people about a new bird to them, and it’s very British.'


The red kite has also made it into the list - in tenth place - after reintroduction schemes helped it return from near-extinction to being an increasingly familiar sight in UK skies.


Mr Lindo said: 'I think it’s quite interesting that the red kite is in there, maybe 15 years ago people would never have considered it but thanks to reintroduction schemes it’s become a familiar bird to a lot of people, particularly in rural areas. They’re beautiful to watch.'


He added: 'It’s also good that there’s things like the puffin in there, it’s good it’s not just 10 garden birds.'


The poll closes in October, with the top six going through to a second vote next year. Each species in the top six will be championed by a different celebrity. The second round of voting will run from January to General Election day in 2015.



The puffin is currently in seventh place on the list


The mute swan is in sixth place so far


Variety: Species like the puffin, left, and the mute swan, right, make sure that the list is not made up of just 10 British garden birds. The poll closes in October, with the top sixth going through to a second vote next year



Predator: The red kite has also made it into the top 10 at this stage after reintroduction schemes helped it return from near-extinction to being an increasingly familiar sight in UK skies, particularly in rural areas

Predator: The red kite has also made it into the top 10 at this stage after reintroduction schemes helped it return from near-extinction to being an increasingly familiar sight in UK skies, particularly in rural areas












'This is a flagrant violation of privacy': Cyber hacker has targeted dozens of female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton and posted their graphic NAKED photographs online



  • Nude photographs that purportedly show multiple A-list celebrities have leaked online

  • The photos reportedly first appeared on the /b/thread for Internet message board 4chan

  • Victims allegedly include Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevigne, Rihanna and dozens of others

  • Hacker has claimed to be in possession of 60 Jennifer Lawrence photos and 32 photographs of Hope Solo

  • Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who was also listed as a vicitm, confirmed on Twitter the photos of her are real


By Paul Chavez and Zoe Szathmary for MailOnline



Nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence - as well as photographs that purportedly show multiple A-list celebrities - have leaked online.


According to Buzzfeed, the photos first appeared on the /b/thread for Internet message board 4chan.


The hacker is claiming to be in possession of 60 photographs of Jennifer Lawrence, the news site noted.


Reps for Lawrence confirmed to MailOnline that acknowledged the photos of her are real.


'This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,' Bryna Rifkin and Liz Mahoney said in an emailed statement.


Selfies leaked: Jennifer Lawrence, shown in March at the Academy Awards, was reportedly the victim of a hacker who posted more than 60 revealing selfies of the actress online

Selfies leaked: Jennifer Lawrence, shown in March at the Academy Awards, was reportedly the victim of a hacker who posted more than 60 revealing selfies of the actress online



'Jennifer Lawrence' became a Twitter trend on Sunday afternoon.


A list of the alleged victims has also appeared online, the news site noted. There are 101 names in total.


Some of those women include Aubrey Plaza, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevigne, Cat Deeley, Hillary Duff, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kelly Brook, Kim Kardashian, Lea Michele, Michelle Keegan, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and Vanessa Hudgens.


The hacker claims to have a 'full set' of photographs of US soccer star Hope Solo, as well as a double photograph showing Allison Brie and Dave Franco.


Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who was also listed as a victim, wrote on Twitter 'To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.'


She also expressed sympathy for others, tweeting 'Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.'


Winstead implied she was facing difficulties on Twitter Sunday, when she tweeted 'Great day for the block button!'


Seth Rogen criticized the hacker on Twitter, writing 'Posting pics hacked from a cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise.'